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October 19, 2021

Local PNL leader: List for EP election not yet discussed, ex-party leader Antonescu applied for selection

Gheorghe Flutur, leader of the National Liberal Party’s Suceava county branch, who will be on the party’s team for the coordination of the campaign for the European elections, said on Friday that the list of the candidates “has not yet been officially discussed”, and the rank order of the candidates will be established based on criteria to be approved by the National Political Bureau, following an analysis that will be conducted at the end of this month.

Flutur told a press conference that he had been proposed to join the campaign team for elections to the European Parliament by the PNL central leadership.

”The party leadership asked me to be part of the national campaign team for EP election. I participated in party meetings for the organization of the campaign,” said Flutur, who also confirmed that the statement made by Liberal Chairman Ludovic Orban with regard to a meeting this week with President Klaus Iohannis was true to reality.

Asked if it is normal for the President of Romania to meet with the leaders of a political party to discuss the campaign strategy, Flutur replied: “I believe that the constitutional framework is fully and completely observed, this is about the interest of Romania, not anything else.”

The leader of the PNL Suceava branch also mentioned that the decision has not yet been made as to whether former Liberal leader Crin Antonescu will be on the party’s candidate list for the EP.

”I cannot tell you the names on the list because this hasn’t been discussed yet. I only learned from hearsay that [Crin Antonescu] applied to be entered on the list, but the list has not been yet decided,” Flutur said.

The PNL county leader refrained from stating whether Suceava will have a representative on the party’s list of candidates, remarking that the party should select its best people, who are capable of “providing traction”, and the branch they come from is of no importance.

“I think it is natural for the National Liberal Party to field the best people, and not assign them to branches or other, just list the best people who are capable of traction and of providing a very good image for Romania in Brussels,” Flutur said.

PNL leader Ludovic Orban and several senior party members met on Wednesday with President Klaus Iohannis.

“The main theme of the meeting was the unfolding of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, Romania’s priorities at European level, ways whereby I, as PNL Chairman, can support the various priorities on the agenda through the good relations we have inside the EPP group. (…) We also discussed what we consider to be important about the European events to be held in Romania. There will be a meeting with the EPP group in the Committee of the Regions, there will be an EPP group meeting, most likely on the sidelines of European Council. Not a word has been said about the list for the European Parliament election or any other related topic, as certain sources falsely claimed,” Orban told AGERPRES on Thursday.

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